Study: Whites Think Black People Feel Less Pain


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Study: Whites Think Black People Feel Less Pain

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Racial disparities exist, but what causes them can be complicated. Harvard anthropology student Jason Silverstein says it has to do with a lack of empathy. Host Michel Michel Martin talks with Silverstein about a Slate article he wrote titled, ‘I Don’t Feel Your Pain.’

 

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we have another guest who has a very interesting perspective on what we just talked about. He says that a lot of racist behavior may stem from the belief held by many white people that African-Americans do not actually feel as much pain. Jason Silverstein looked into what he calls the racial empathy gap as part of his work with Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African…

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